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Will purchase meat; bolster federal nutrition programs

As part of the Obama Administration's commitment to help farmers, ranchers, small businesses, and communities being impacted by the nation's persistent drought, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced USDA's intent to purchase up to $170 million of pork, lamb, chicken, and catfish for federal food nutrition assistance programs, including food banks. The purchase will help relieve pressure on American livestock producers during the drought, while helping to bring the nation's meat supply in line with demand while providing high quality, nutritious food to recipients of USDA's nutrition programs.

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The Franklin Police Department is launching a “Safe Streets” campaign Aug. 17 through Aug. 31. Officers from surrounding jurisdictions will participate in several safety checkpoints and saturation patrols this coming weekend. Officers will be aggressively looking for speeders, aggressive drivers and drunk drivers.

With this weekend’s upcoming motorcycle rally Franklin will likely see an increase in motorcycle traffic on its roadways. Motorists should be aware that motorcycles are more difficult to notice than a car or truck so are advised to look twice before changing lanes, entering a roadway, and traveling through an intersection. Remember to allow a greater following distance behind motorcycles; they can stop much faster than your car or truck.

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With the Macon County School District kicking off the start of the 2012-2013 school year today, Macon County officials held the opening and dedication of the brand new $14 million Iotla Valley Elementary School last Monday.

Both current and past members of the Board of Commissioners and Board of Education who have worked on the long range plan of improving the infrastructure of schools in the county since 1995, were joined by school system staff and community members for the ribbon cutting ceremony.

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The Nikwasi Mound, a monument of deep and spiritual significance to the Cherokee Indians, has been a site of controversy as of late within the Town of Franklin. At the request of members from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, (ECBI) an informal meeting was held at the Macon County Historical Museum regarding the stewardship of the mound by the Town of Franklin. The purpose was simple: To express to locals the site’s deep meaning to the native people as well as their frustration with the herbicide application that occurred in April.

The Nikwasi Indian Mound, which predates the Cherokee themselves, is in fact one of the largest intact mounds located in Western North Carolina. Present at the meeting were people from throughout the region who, in some way, are impacted by the mound socially or politically.

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